Lagos-bound helicopter ‘crashes’

We earlier reported that a chartered Bristow Helicopter with registration No. 5NBJQ, flying from Port Harcourt to Lagos had crashed.

The chartered operator has given details of the accident involving one of its aircraft Wednesday, saying the helicopter actually landed on water.
In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the company said the helicopter got involved in water landing in Lagos while returning from an offshore platform.

“Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, confirmed today that one of its helicopters, was involved in a water landing near Lagos at about 10.25 a.m. local time on return from an offshore platform.

“The aircraft, a Sikorsky S-76C++, had departed on a routine crew transfer flight offshore with nine passengers and a crew of two.

“All persons onboard are accounted for and in the process of being transferred to a nearby installation.

“The company is in the process of collecting pertinent information and will release more details as soon as it is available.”


scene of the search and rescue operation

The Accident Investigations Bureau had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that crew members and passengers aboard the helicopter survived the accident.
Tunji Oketunbi, the spokesperson for the Bureau said, “They all survived, they all survived.”

Mr. Oketunbi later issued the following statement, “A S76 C++ helicopter marked 5N-BQJ belonging to Bristow Helicopters, which departed ERHA Platform enroute Lagos was ditched into the Atlantic Ocean 95 nautical miles into destination at about 10:20am local time.

“All the eleven souls on board including two crew members were rescued alive. Accident Investigation Bureau AIB has commenced investigation into the occurrence. Details will be communicated to you later.”
The new crash occurred less than six months after another helicopter belonging to the same company crashed in Lagos.
The chopper had on August 12, 2015 plunged into the Lagos Lagoon, killing six of the 12 persons on board.

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